Period
to 14 May 2021

The table below provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in London with a requirement for knowledge and experience of Microsoft products and/or services. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Microsoft over the 6 months to 14 May 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

The figures below represent the IT contractor job market in general and are not representative of contractor rates within the Microsoft Corporation.

Microsoft
England > London
6 months to
14 May 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 15 12 14
Rank change year-on-year -3 +2 -2
Contract jobs citing Microsoft 2,203 2,171 4,014
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 9.23% 10.46% 9.92%
As % of the Vendors category 24.19% 26.95% 25.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,523 1,498 2,852
10th Percentile £278 £202 £182
25th Percentile £388 £363 £352
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £475 £450 £454
Median % change year-on-year +5.56% -0.88% +0.89%
75th Percentile £575 £550 £563
90th Percentile £650 £650 £650
England median daily rate £448 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.29% - +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 35 64 113
10th Percentile £9.75 £12.42 £12.76
25th Percentile £14.53 £14.99 £15.00
Median hourly rate £23.45 £19.00 £19.00
Median % change year-on-year +23.42% - -
75th Percentile £29.75 £26.94 £23.75
90th Percentile £65.00 £42.82 £36.40
England median hourly rate £18.27 £17.21 £15.50
% change year-on-year +6.16% +11.03% +3.33%

Microsoft is in the Vendor Products and Services category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services advertised in London.

All Vendors
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for knowledge or experience of vendor products and services 9,107 8,057 16,026
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 38.15% 38.80% 39.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 6,074 5,461 10,816
10th Percentile £328 £263 £300
25th Percentile £413 £394 £403
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £513 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +2.50% - +2.56%
75th Percentile £613 £600 £600
90th Percentile £700 £700 £675
England median daily rate £475 £450 £465
% change year-on-year +5.56% -3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 131 236
10th Percentile £13.89 £12.50 £12.76
25th Percentile £19.56 £17.63 £16.44
Median hourly rate £27.08 £24.00 £20.70
Median % change year-on-year +12.81% +15.96% -3.73%
75th Percentile £51.31 £34.07 £33.88
90th Percentile £66.95 £48.00 £47.09
England median hourly rate £21.00 £18.50 £18.19
% change year-on-year +13.51% +1.70% +3.94%

Microsoft
Job Vacancy Trend in London

Job postings citing Microsoft as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in London.

Job vacancy trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Daily rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Microsoft in London.

Hourly rate trend for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Hourly Rate Histogram in London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Microsoft in London over the 6 months to 14 May 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Microsoft in London

Microsoft
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft within the London region over the 6 months to 14 May 2021. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Central London -2 343 £518 +15.00% 271
West London -5 40 £488 +60.49% 73
East London -6 18 £403 +5.92% 89
South London +4 17 £404 +0.94% 13
North London -2 3 £201 +9.52% 8
Microsoft
England

For the 6 months to 14 May 2021, IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the London region with a requirement for Microsoft.

1 1,161 (52.70%) Azure
2 546 (24.78%) Finance
3 519 (23.56%) Agile Software Development
4 491 (22.29%) Windows
5 490 (22.24%) Microsoft 365
6 489 (22.20%) Social Skills
7 470 (21.33%) Active Directory
8 448 (20.34%) SQL
9 421 (19.11%) DevOps
10 371 (16.84%) SQL Server
11 336 (15.25%) Power Platform
12 331 (15.02%) Business Intelligence
13 312 (14.16%) .NET
14 309 (14.03%) PowerShell
15 267 (12.12%) C#
16 261 (11.85%) SharePoint
17 259 (11.76%) AWS
18 254 (11.53%) Migration
19 243 (11.03%) Microsoft Office
20 237 (10.76%) Power BI
21 224 (10.17%) Security Cleared
22 204 (9.26%) Microsoft Excel
22 204 (9.26%) Analytics
23 203 (9.21%) VMware
24 202 (9.17%) Windows Server
25 190 (8.62%) Azure Active Directory
26 188 (8.53%) Scrum
26 188 (8.53%) Stakeholder Management
27 187 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
28 185 (8.40%) SC Cleared

Microsoft
Co-occurring IT Skills in London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 261 (11.85%) SharePoint
2 84 (3.81%) MS Exchange
3 48 (2.18%) Confluence
4 44 (2.00%) Apache
4 44 (2.00%) Skype for Business
5 42 (1.91%) Apache Spark
6 30 (1.36%) IIS
7 21 (0.95%) Apache Airflow
7 21 (0.95%) WebSphere
8 20 (0.91%) CMS
9 19 (0.86%) Exchange Server 2010
10 18 (0.82%) Oracle SOA Suite
11 15 (0.68%) Tomcat
12 12 (0.54%) ArcGIS
12 12 (0.54%) Exchange Server 2013
13 11 (0.50%) NServiceBus
14 10 (0.45%) nginx
15 9 (0.41%) SharePoint 2010
16 8 (0.36%) Moodle
16 8 (0.36%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 243 (11.03%) Microsoft Office
2 204 (9.26%) Microsoft Excel
3 105 (4.77%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 57 (2.59%) Microsoft Project
5 45 (2.04%) MS Visio
6 8 (0.36%) Camtasia
6 8 (0.36%) Photoshop
7 5 (0.23%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 4 (0.18%) InfoPath
8 4 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
9 3 (0.14%) AutoCAD
9 3 (0.14%) Figma
9 3 (0.14%) Gephi
10 2 (0.091%) Autodesk Flame
10 2 (0.091%) Chatbot
10 2 (0.091%) CINEMA 4D
10 2 (0.091%) Maya
10 2 (0.091%) NUKE
11 1 (0.045%) Acrobat
11 1 (0.045%) InVision
Business Applications
1 88 (3.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 21 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
2 21 (0.95%) Dynamics NAV
3 5 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
3 5 (0.23%) NetSuite
3 5 (0.23%) Sentinel
4 4 (0.18%) SAP ERP
4 4 (0.18%) SAP S/4HANA
4 4 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
5 3 (0.14%) Aligne
5 3 (0.14%) Elite 3E
6 2 (0.091%) CA PPM
6 2 (0.091%) Infor M3
6 2 (0.091%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.091%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.091%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.091%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.091%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.091%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.091%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1,161 (52.70%) Azure
2 490 (22.24%) Microsoft 365
3 336 (15.25%) Power Platform
4 259 (11.76%) AWS
5 190 (8.62%) Azure Active Directory
6 144 (6.54%) Dynamics 365
7 139 (6.31%) PaaS
8 124 (5.63%) PowerApps
9 105 (4.77%) IaaS
10 89 (4.04%) Serverless
11 82 (3.72%) GCP
12 75 (3.40%) Azure Data Factory
13 69 (3.13%) SaaS
14 68 (3.09%) Power Automate
15 60 (2.72%) Azure Functions
16 58 (2.63%) Azure Synapse Analytics
17 57 (2.59%) OneDrive
18 52 (2.36%) GitHub
19 51 (2.32%) Azure Cosmos DB
20 48 (2.18%) Azure Logic Apps
Communications & Networking
1 122 (5.54%) DNS
2 121 (5.49%) Firewall
3 75 (3.40%) DHCP
4 56 (2.54%) WAN
5 55 (2.50%) LAN
6 54 (2.45%) TCP/IP
6 54 (2.45%) VPN
7 48 (2.18%) Skype
8 32 (1.45%) Network Security
9 30 (1.36%) SAN
9 30 (1.36%) Unified Communications
10 29 (1.32%) Internet
11 27 (1.23%) MPLS
12 24 (1.09%) Wireless
13 23 (1.04%) HTTP
14 21 (0.95%) Kerberos
14 21 (0.95%) Wi-Fi
15 20 (0.91%) VoIP
16 16 (0.73%) FTP
16 16 (0.73%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 371 (16.84%) SQL Server
2 237 (10.76%) Power BI
3 148 (6.72%) Data Warehouse
4 95 (4.31%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 76 (3.45%) Data Lake
6 64 (2.91%) Azure SQL Database
7 57 (2.59%) Big Data
8 45 (2.04%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 43 (1.95%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 41 (1.86%) Relational Database
11 31 (1.41%) MySQL
12 30 (1.36%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
12 30 (1.36%) Microsoft Analysis Services
13 28 (1.27%) NoSQL
14 25 (1.13%) DB2
14 25 (1.13%) Hadoop
14 25 (1.13%) PostgreSQL
14 25 (1.13%) Tableau
15 22 (1.00%) SQL Server 2012
16 19 (0.86%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 94 (4.27%) Jenkins
1 94 (4.27%) JIRA
2 87 (3.95%) Git (software)
3 60 (2.72%) Visual Studio
4 43 (1.95%) Visual Studio Team System
5 36 (1.63%) Octopus Deploy
5 36 (1.63%) TeamCity
6 27 (1.23%) Team Foundation Server
7 17 (0.77%) GitLab
8 15 (0.68%) Bitbucket
8 15 (0.68%) Maven
9 13 (0.59%) PowerDesigner
9 13 (0.59%) Subversion
10 11 (0.50%) Selenium
11 9 (0.41%) Cypress.io
11 9 (0.41%) Moq
11 9 (0.41%) SonarQube
11 9 (0.41%) webpack
12 8 (0.36%) git-flow
12 8 (0.36%) Sonatype Nexus
General
1 546 (24.78%) Finance
2 489 (22.20%) Social Skills
3 167 (7.58%) Banking
4 159 (7.22%) Public Sector
5 146 (6.63%) Analytical Skills
6 86 (3.90%) Marketing
7 76 (3.45%) Presentation Skills
8 62 (2.81%) Investment Banking
9 58 (2.63%) Legal
9 58 (2.63%) Telecoms
10 51 (2.32%) Organisational Skills
11 50 (2.27%) Front Office
12 48 (2.18%) Influencing Skills
12 48 (2.18%) Manufacturing
13 39 (1.77%) Documentation Skills
13 39 (1.77%) Electronics
14 38 (1.72%) Law
15 28 (1.27%) Retail
16 21 (0.95%) Publishing
17 20 (0.91%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 361 (16.39%) Developer
2 331 (15.02%) Architect
3 254 (11.53%) Analyst
4 192 (8.72%) Consultant
5 157 (7.13%) Azure Engineer
6 117 (5.31%) Azure Architect
7 111 (5.04%) Project Manager
8 105 (4.77%) .NET Developer
9 87 (3.95%) Solutions Architect
10 79 (3.59%) Data Engineer
11 77 (3.50%) Infrastructure Engineer
12 76 (3.45%) DevOps Engineer
13 59 (2.68%) Business Analyst
14 57 (2.59%) Cloud Engineer
14 57 (2.59%) Microsoft 365 Engineer
15 54 (2.45%) Support Engineer
16 53 (2.41%) C# Developer
16 53 (2.41%) Data Architect
17 47 (2.13%) Cloud Architect
17 47 (2.13%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 312 (14.16%) .NET
2 105 (4.77%) ASP.NET
3 97 (4.40%) AngularJS
4 87 (3.95%) .NET Core
5 84 (3.81%) React
5 84 (3.81%) Web Services
6 82 (3.72%) HTML
7 70 (3.18%) REST
8 59 (2.68%) CSS
9 58 (2.63%) .NET Framework
10 57 (2.59%) JSON
11 49 (2.22%) Kafka
12 43 (1.95%) ASP.NET Core
13 42 (1.91%) ASP.NET Web API
14 41 (1.86%) HTML5
15 39 (1.77%) XML
16 38 (1.72%) RESTful
17 30 (1.36%) Node.js
18 28 (1.27%) jQuery
18 28 (1.27%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 82 (3.72%) Data Centre
2 77 (3.50%) Management Information System
3 76 (3.45%) User Experience
4 64 (2.91%) Public Cloud
5 62 (2.81%) Greenfield Project
6 33 (1.50%) Hybrid Cloud
7 27 (1.23%) Cloud Native
7 27 (1.23%) Virtual Team
8 26 (1.18%) NHS
9 24 (1.09%) Replication
10 23 (1.04%) Self-Motivation
10 23 (1.04%) Social Media
11 21 (0.95%) Mobile App
11 21 (0.95%) Video Conferencing
12 20 (0.91%) Data Structures
12 20 (0.91%) Private Cloud
13 19 (0.86%) PKI
14 17 (0.77%) Clustering
15 15 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
15 15 (0.68%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 491 (22.29%) Windows
2 202 (9.17%) Windows Server
3 167 (7.58%) Windows 10
4 149 (6.76%) Linux
5 81 (3.68%) Windows Server 2012
6 65 (2.95%) Windows Server 2016
7 50 (2.27%) Windows 7
8 46 (2.09%) Windows Server 2019
9 44 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
10 39 (1.77%) Apple iOS
11 38 (1.72%) Unix
12 37 (1.68%) Android
12 37 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 14 (0.64%) Windows Mobile
14 11 (0.50%) Solaris
15 6 (0.27%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.23%) CentOS
17 4 (0.18%) Ubuntu
17 4 (0.18%) Windows 8
18 3 (0.14%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 519 (23.56%) Agile Software Development
2 421 (19.11%) DevOps
3 331 (15.02%) Business Intelligence
4 254 (11.53%) Migration
5 204 (9.26%) Analytics
6 188 (8.53%) Scrum
6 188 (8.53%) Stakeholder Management
7 187 (8.49%) Problem-Solving
8 182 (8.26%) ITIL
9 161 (7.31%) Project Management
10 139 (6.31%) Project Delivery
11 130 (5.90%) Data Modelling
12 128 (5.81%) TDD
13 122 (5.54%) Infrastructure Engineering
14 114 (5.17%) Continuous Integration
15 112 (5.08%) Change Management
16 110 (4.99%) CRM
17 95 (4.31%) Continuous Improvement
18 93 (4.22%) Computer Science
19 89 (4.04%) Infrastructure as Code
Programming Languages
1 448 (20.34%) SQL
2 309 (14.03%) PowerShell
3 267 (12.12%) C#
4 164 (7.44%) JavaScript
5 158 (7.17%) Python
6 122 (5.54%) Java
7 85 (3.86%) T-SQL
8 70 (3.18%) TypeScript
9 37 (1.68%) Bash Shell
10 33 (1.50%) C
11 32 (1.45%) VB
12 21 (0.95%) Data Analysis Expressions (DAX)
12 21 (0.95%) Java 8
13 15 (0.68%) C++
13 15 (0.68%) Scala
14 14 (0.64%) VBA
15 12 (0.54%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.45%) R
16 10 (0.45%) Ruby
16 10 (0.45%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 224 (10.17%) Security Cleared
2 185 (8.40%) SC Cleared
3 142 (6.45%) Degree
4 86 (3.90%) Microsoft Certification
5 37 (1.68%) Computer Science Degree
6 34 (1.54%) CISSP
7 33 (1.50%) DV Cleared
8 27 (1.23%) ITIL Certification
9 26 (1.18%) MCSE
10 25 (1.13%) ISEB
11 23 (1.04%) Cisco Certification
12 22 (1.00%) CISM
13 19 (0.86%) ISTQB
14 17 (0.77%) MCSA
15 14 (0.64%) TOGAF Certification
16 13 (0.59%) PMI Certification
16 13 (0.59%) PMP
17 11 (0.50%) AWS Certification
18 10 (0.45%) Master's Degree
18 10 (0.45%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 83 (3.77%) QA
2 61 (2.77%) SLA
3 43 (1.95%) PMO
4 42 (1.91%) GDPR
5 36 (1.63%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 35 (1.59%) Data Quality
7 12 (0.54%) NIST
8 11 (0.50%) HMG Security Policy Framework
8 11 (0.50%) NCSC
9 6 (0.27%) Cyber Essentials
10 5 (0.23%) Basel III
10 5 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 20000
11 4 (0.18%) COBIT
12 3 (0.14%) GRC
12 3 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
12 3 (0.14%) PCI DSS
12 3 (0.14%) SEPA
13 2 (0.091%) IFRS
13 2 (0.091%) ISO/IEC 17025
13 2 (0.091%) ITGC
System Software
1 470 (21.33%) Active Directory
2 141 (6.40%) VMware Infrastructure
3 102 (4.63%) Docker
4 55 (2.50%) Hyper-V
5 45 (2.04%) vSphere
6 40 (1.82%) VMware ESXi
7 24 (1.09%) XenApp
8 22 (1.00%) Virtual Desktop
9 17 (0.77%) Virtual Machines
9 17 (0.77%) VMware NSX
9 17 (0.77%) XenDesktop
10 16 (0.73%) Microsoft App-V
11 12 (0.54%) Xen
12 10 (0.45%) Apache ZooKeeper
12 10 (0.45%) Virtual Servers
13 9 (0.41%) NFS
14 7 (0.32%) KVM
14 7 (0.32%) Microsoft Virtual Server
15 6 (0.27%) VMware Workstation
16 5 (0.23%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 157 (7.13%) Terraform
2 122 (5.54%) SCCM
3 109 (4.95%) Microsoft Intune
4 104 (4.72%) Kubernetes
5 77 (3.50%) Ansible
6 43 (1.95%) Puppet
7 34 (1.54%) Single Sign-On
8 24 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
9 22 (1.00%) SCOM
10 13 (0.59%) vRealize
11 12 (0.54%) vCenter Server
12 10 (0.45%) AirWatch
12 10 (0.45%) Microsoft Clustering
12 10 (0.45%) Packer
13 9 (0.41%) Hadoop YARN
13 9 (0.41%) HP Quality Center
14 8 (0.36%) HP Fortify
15 7 (0.32%) CA Single Sign-On
15 7 (0.32%) Istio
15 7 (0.32%) QRadar
Vendors
1 203 (9.21%) VMware
2 118 (5.36%) Citrix
3 109 (4.95%) Oracle
4 108 (4.90%) Databricks
5 103 (4.68%) Google
6 100 (4.54%) Cisco
7 92 (4.18%) SAP
8 63 (2.86%) Salesforce.com
9 45 (2.04%) IBM
10 36 (1.63%) ServiceNow
11 34 (1.54%) HP
12 33 (1.50%) EMC
12 33 (1.50%) Red Hat
13 28 (1.27%) Splunk
14 25 (1.13%) MuleSoft
15 23 (1.04%) Dell
15 23 (1.04%) SolarWinds
16 20 (0.91%) Apple
17 18 (0.82%) CheckPoint
17 18 (0.82%) NetApp